Pearl Harbor unveils virtual reality experience tours Dec. 4

Pacific Historic Parks

Three new virtual reality tours will be presented at a “Night at the Museum” reception on Dec. 4 at the Pearl Harbor Visitor Center from 5:30 to 8 p.m. Pearl Harbor survivors and invited guests will have the opportunity to immerse themselves in this new addition to the visitor center’s education efforts. Virtual reality technology will allow 21st century visitors new ways to enjoy the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument.

The virtual reality initiative is presented by the National Park Service in partnership with Pacific Historic Parks.

Designed to enhance a visitor’s experience at the World War II Valor in the Pacific National Monument, the new technology will immerse visitors through three virtual reality tours: • Walk the decks of the Battleship USS Arizona just before the attack. • Witness the attack on Battleship Row. • Visit the USS Arizona Memorial.

“Committed to Remember, Honor and Understand — we are pleased that the power of advanced technology will provide us with the tools to ensure that the legacy of those who sacrificed so much to ensure our liberties will continue to inspire generations to come,” said Neil Sheehan, chairman of the Board of Directors of Pacific Historic Parks.

“Our three new Pearl Harbor virtual reality tours will be a unique way to learn, view and ‘feel’ what happened on Dec. 7 during the infamous attack, and understand how it changed our world forever.”

Tom Gerrish, director of Information and Technology for Pacific Historic Parks, said, “These new virtual reality tours — created by HDR, the National Park Service, and Pacific Historic Parks — showcase a unique blend of visual and fascinating educational content that is ideal for educators, students and just about anyone wanting to learn more about Pearl Harbor and the events that took place there. We are especially excited that these new virtual reality tours will also be available around the world so that people anywhere can experience Pearl Harbor.”

The Pearl Harbor virtual reality app and view may be purchased or rented at the USS Arizona Memorial ticket counter and will be available later online at

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